Jacqueline Diane Rigsby (Denson) York
Jacqueline was born on April 1, 1958, to Phillip Rigsby, Sr. and Bennie Taylor Rigsby in Monroe County, AL. She was number 5 of 10 children born to this loving union. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and trusted God’s word. She lived her life, serving and walking in the favor of God. At an early age, she and her family made Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church their spiritual home. Throughout her lifetime, she worshiped faithfully, in whatever capacity she could. Jacqueline sang in the Choir, led the Youth Ministry, and was a Missionary and member of the Matrons. She loved the Lord and no task in His name, was declined. Jacqueline attempted to live her life each day, walking a path that would be pleasing to her Savior.
She received her education in the public schools system of Monroe County and graduated a proud Frisco City High School Whippet. Jacqueline was friendly and had many friends. She stood out amongst her peers and was a Cheerleader, filled with school spirit. After graduation, she went on to pursue higher education, obtaining her Associates Degree in Secretary Science from Patrick Henry Community College (now ASCC) and an Associate Degree in Computer Science from Reid State Technical College. Never afraid of hard work, her supportive spirit for her family was important to her. She worked for many years in Management for Vanity Fair, providing for her family.
Everyone was her “baby” and she never met a stranger. Jacqueline impacted the lives of everyone who was fortunate enough to cross her path. She was genuine, selfless and caring. Known to be one of the best cooks in the county, few could challenge her culinary skills. When it came to “Corn Flake” candy, dressing, macaroni and cheese and banana pudding, she could make a stomach smile.
She married Johnny Denson and the couple had three children. She later re-entered the Sanctity of Holy Matrimony with Lavada York. Their spiritual union of love, blessed her with four additional children to love as her own. Together, they shared years of happiness, as husband and wife, before the Lord saw that it was time for her to take her rest. She was preceded in death by her father: Phillip Rigsby, Sr., and two siblings: Patricia Day and Phillip Rigsby, Jr., and her grandparents: Mittie Rigsby, Leo Laffitte, Mack and Ethel Franklin.
She leaves many memories that will be cherished by a devoted husband: Lavada York of Frisco City, AL; a loving mother: Bennie Mae Rigsby of Perdue Hill, AL; her children: Shanicka (Marcus) Denson Rayford of Pensacola, FL; Marlaa Denson of Birmingham, AL, Erica Denson of Chelsea, AL, four children in love: Jeremy York of Atlanta, GA, Justin York of Huntsville, AL, Marlon (Knosha) York Greenville, SC, Marla York Greenville, SC; four sisters: Brenda (Alric) Jackson of Monroeville, AL, Linda (Abizai) Oliverio of Fountain, AL, Janice Carter of Gautier, MS, Ethel (Willie) Andrews of Frisco City, AL; three brothers: Freddie (Carolyn) Rigsby of Tampa Florida, Alexander (Dr. Brenda) Rigsby of Semmes, AL, Dion (Dionne) Rigsby of Dallas, TX.
sixteen grandchildren: JaKendrick, Alexis, Christopher, Mercedes, Trinity, Daniel, Destini, JaMarcus, Shamariua, Zaria, Andrew, Aniyah, Aiden, Marleigh, Londyn, and Chandler four great grandchildren: MaKenzie, Jakendrick Jr., Alaiya and Torin; two devoted nieces: Vanity “KeKe” Snowden and Ashley “Sappa” Bynes three devoted nephews: Michael McCants, Brandon Hives and Dejuan Rigsby; a host of other loved nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
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